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Series / Just for Laughs: Gags

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Just for Laughs: Gags (French: Just pour rire: Gags) is a Canadian Candid Camera Prank show filmed in Quebec. It is produced under the brand name of the annual film festival Just for Laughs. Each segment, lasting typically between one and two-and-a-half minutes, involves a hidden camera as the actors play pranks on unsuspecting people nearby and record their reactions, before revealing the hidden camera to them. The gags are filmed as silent comedy, with nearly all original dialogue omitted and replaced by a Public Domain Soundtrack and a Laugh Track. British and Asian versions have been produced in the UK and Singapore, respectively. In 2011 the show spawned a spinoff, Just Kidding, which consists exclusively of kids playing pranks on adults.

Because of the "silent comedy" format, and no need for translation required, Just for Laughs: Gags has been purchased for use in over 150 countries throughout the world as well as various airports and by airlines. Reactions to said gags range from "inane" to cross-culturally funny.

The show commenced in 2000 and has filmed upward of 20 seasons. Much of their material is available on their YouTube channel. Additionally, some of the content on the show are licensed from an Australian hidden camera show, Just Kidding!, and then edited to remove the dialog.

Just for Laughs: Gags provides examples of the following tropes:

Alternative Title(s): Just For Laughs